Southmead Hospital Charity has launched a £815,000 appeal to fund vital Coronavirus (COVID-19) research projects in Bristol.

The Charity, in partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust, is helping to fund three ground breaking research projects which are looking at potential new drug treatments and a deeper understanding of how the virus spreads and its long term impact on the health of people who recover from Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In partnership with local NHS Hospitals, Public Health England and the University of Bristol, these pioneering projects are contributing to a UK-led research programme for Coronavirus (COVID-19) which researchers hope will lead to new breakthroughs in fighting the virus.

Donations to the Charity’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research will help to fund three distinct strands of research – totalling £815,000.

The research will enable us to:

  • develop tests to diagnose and identify immunity to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • explore secondary lung and infection complications from the virus
  • test new drug treatments for Coronavirus (COVID-19)


These projects will help us to understand better the long-term impact of the virus, and will support our NHS in preparing for a new medical landscape of the future.

Dr David Arnold, from North Bristol NHS Trust and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in Bristol Medical School, who is leading one of the research projects called DISCOVER, said: “Our research is being carried out Bristol-wide, led by North Bristol NHS Trust and working in partnership with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, and the University of Bristol. To our knowledge this is the largest single centre cohort study of hospitalised patients with COVID-19 in the UK.

“We hope to rapidly publish this work and share our results with other UK and international centres to allow wider use of successful prognostic biomarkers.

Our study could help doctors in the future decide which tests are useful in managing coronavirus and which are not.”

Director of Southmead Hospital Charity, Sarah Harrison, said: “Our team of highly skilled and experienced researchers are experts in pioneering clinical and academic studies, putting us at the forefront of the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Southmead Hospital has a worldwide reputation in research excellence through our specialist Research & Innovation Centre.

“With the support of our donors we can carry out ground-breaking research which will help us to diagnose the virus, increase our understanding of how it spreads, and develop new potential treatments.”

Deputy Director of Research & Innovation at North Bristol NHS Trust, Dr Rebecca Smith, said: “Our research is directly changing patient care now and by supporting these projects you will be helping us to transform patient services by enabling us to develop innovative breakthroughs sooner. Together we can make a real difference to the research of tomorrow.”

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